March 9th is Ash Wednesday and marks the beginning of Lent.
Almost every year, for Lent, I like to make a resolution. Not necessarily something I am going to “give up” in the traditional sense. I believe it should be something that involves me challenging myself to do better through a committment to God. I don’t have to be perfect but the ‘partnership with God’ piece somehow stays in my mind as a comfort and goal through Lent.
So this year (I am starting today just because), I made two goals last night:
- Work on not eating after dinner (which I was really doing on my trip last week by default and feeling better)
- Only drink alcohol on Friday’s and Saturday’s
- While I will always be a person that needs a little snack before bed, I have a problem with eating a lot after dinner. It’s almost like I save most of my food for the day for the evening when I can finally feel relaxed enough to eat it. It is okay, in my opinion, to have a different eating style, but I can take this too far and have too much to eat before bed, which obviously contributes to my stomach problems. So I just want to balance that out more.
- When I drink alcohol, I never have more than two drinks at a time, usually just one. I don’t like to get really drunk (never have), but I am one of those people who gets buzzed off of one beer, and that is nice. 😉 But I think drinking upsets my stomach and can make me really vulnerable to certain things that I want to get away from. I think I will be a healthier person in my mind and body if I limit enjoying that to two nights a week. Also, B will be working Sun-Weds evenings like I said, and I don’t want to be in a scary place all alone when he is at work, or use that as a crutch too often.
I just feel so comforted having made these goals, especially the last one, which is a ‘good’ challenge (defined by me as a more fun challenge that is good for me). It is also one that is track-able.
During Lent, I also just like to reflect on how I can be a better person. These are ways I can be better to myself.
FYI: Whenever I talk about Lent, people always ask me, “Are you Catholic?” (I don’t know why because Lent isn’t limited to Catholics anyway.) No, I am not Catholic (also my dad’s family was raised Catholic so I will say I am half-Catholic…don’t you know it is passed through the blood? 😉 ). My mom’s family were baptists and non-demoninational protestants, but my mom and I go to an Episcopal church. I was baptised in the Episcopal church in the 8th grade and while I go sporadically, that is what I identify with now. My dad, who isn’t religious at all anymore, calls the Episcopal’s “Catholic Lite”. Haha…yes, true. I like it. 🙂